inro with plum blossoms

Toshihide I inro


four-case lacquer inro with inlaid mother-of-pearl plum blossoms

height 3 in., 7.5 cm

bearing a ground of roiro dusted and sprinkled with varying sized of gold hirame, the gold takamaki-e plum branch wrapping around both sides with white mother-of-pearl blossoms highlighted with gold hirame pistons; signed Toshihide with red square seal Tokei; coral ojime

For a comparison of signature and seals of Toshihide I and his younger brother, Toshihide II, and a discussion of their work, see Wrangham, The Index of Inro Artists (1995), p. 305.

another view and signature


Scholten Japanese Art is open Monday - Friday, and some Saturdays by appointment only

Contact Katherine Martin at
(212) 585-0474 or email
to schedule a visit between 11am and 4pm preferably for no more than two individuals at a time.
Visitors are asked to wear face masks and practice social distancing at their discretion.

site last updated
October 28, 2021

Scholten Japanese Art
145 West 58th Street, suite 6D
New York, New York 10019
ph: (212) 585-0474
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